Yanez (16-3 MMA, 5-0 UFC) takes on Font (19-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) on April 8, drawing his first ranked opponent in the UFC. With Font’s experience having fought the likes of Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera, Yanez aims to catapult his career with an impressive finish. The 29-year-old has earned bonuses in all five of his octagon wins.
“If I go out there, and I starch Rob Font, that does amazing things for my career,” Yanez told The Underground. “That does amazing things just for what position I get put in. I changed my life getting into the UFC, and every fight after that has changed something else about my life. It’s only been great things. I only see this fight as changing my life for the better, and I 100 percent plan on doing that.”
Yanez has previously called for a fight with one of the division’s biggest stars, Sean O'Malley (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who’s coming off a win over ex-champ Petr Yan. But if he can finish Font, Yanez thinks he may finally get his wish.
“Inevitably it’s gonna line me up for the bigger names and possibly give me a fight that has kind of been looming around for a little bit, which is the Sean O’Malley fight,” Yanez said. “It would probably put me up there, and honestly with how things have been, me going out there and knocking out Font, it’s only going to make that fight so much more interesting and so much more bigger than what it would have been if it would have happened back last year.”